HealthSteps at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Announces its Summer Programming

May 21st, 2015

Summer will soon be here. Take this opportunity to join HealthSteps!  Whether you meet us for a walk on the rubberized track, a dip in the pool, or try one of our classes, you are sure to have FUN with your friends at HealthSteps.

Multipurpose Room

TNT (Tone-N-Tighten)

This weighted workout focuses on total body strengthening. It’s also a great way to increase your metabolism!

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7:05-7:45am

Time to Stretch

Enjoy a full body stretch for relaxation, peace of mind, and an increase in flexibility.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7:45-8:00am
Pictured Bob Poirier and Marc McPheters jogging next to Rick Dodge, Gert Chasse, Elaine Freeman, Normand Demers, and Grace Trainor as they all participate in HealthSteps' Walk-Jog class conveniently located at the beautiful indoor track at Bates College.

Pictured Bob Poirier and Marc McPheters jogging next to Rick Dodge, Gert Chasse, Elaine Freeman, Normand Demers, and Grace Trainor as they all participate in HealthSteps’ Walk-Jog class conveniently located at the beautiful indoor track at Bates College.

On the Track 

Walk Jog

Enjoy the indoor track at your own pace.  Includes an optional group warm-up, strengthening, cool-down, and stretching.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:05-6:55am

In the Pool

Lap Swim

Swim at your own pace and enjoy this individualized form of exercise in the 25-meter, 8-lane pool supervised by a certified lifeguard.

Mondays, Fridays, 6:30-7:30am, Wednesdays, 6:05-7:00am

Aquatic Fitness

Join us for a great workout that’s easy on your joints using the water as resistance!  While swimming skills are not needed, a comfort level in both deep and shallow water is important.

Mondays, Fridays, 6:30-7:15am

Wednesdays, 6:05-6:55am

Senior Fitness

This one-hour class is a safe, fun, and effective workout!  Included are a warm-up, cardiovascular component, resistance training, balance, and flexibility exercises.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8:30-9:30am

Location: d’Youville Pavilion Resident Dining Room, 102 Campus Ave, 2nd Floor

 Core classes are held in the beautiful Bates College Merrill Gymnasium unless otherwise noted. Classes run from June 1 – August 28.  The cost of a core membership, which includes unlimited access to all of the above classes, is $104.00. Monthly and weekly rates are available as well.

HealthSteps core classes take place in the morning, so you can exercise before you start your day.  All instructors are certified and ready to take you through a safe and productive workout no matter what your fitness level.  Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle where you will feel better, have more energy, meet great people, and enjoy exercise even more!  For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web at:

New Orthopaedic Surgeon

May 21st, 2015

michael newman hs 2 croppedSt. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics welcomes Michael T. Newman, MD. Dr. Newman is Fellowship trained in total hip and knee reconstruction. His experience as an orthopaedic surgeon includes 16 years of active duty Navy service with the last 5 years as Chief of Joint Replacement at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Newman’s specialties include total joint replacement, general orthopaedic surgery, and sports medicine.

“My wife and I are excited to make a home in Maine near family,” said Dr. Newman. “The fact that I also have the opportunity to practice with such high caliber providers as Dr. Wayne Moody, Dr. Daniel Buck and Dr. Mohamed Al-Saied makes the move even sweeter.”

Dr. Newman joins the trusted experts at St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics. With their experience and access to sports medicine, physical and occupational therapies and more, the team provides personalized care patinents deserve before, during and after a procedure.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 333-4700 or visit our website,

St. Mary’s CEO Honored

March 30th, 2015

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St. Mary’s President and CEO, Lee Myles was bestowed the Maine Legislature’s highest honor. At the St. Mary’s Board of Directors’ meeting last week, Senator Nathan Libby (Androscoggin County) surprised Lee with a legislative sentiment recognizing his contributions to the Lee Libby Recognition 014community throughout his career here.
Sen. Libby also read a letter from Representative Peggy Rotundo who expressed her gratitude to Lee for his years of service, compassion, and commitment to the underserved.

Lee received a standing ovation from theBoard upon acceptance of the sentiment.

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Wales Family Presents Check to St. Mary’s Food Pantry on Behalf of the Taste of the NFL

March 24th, 2015
Left to right: Joyce Gagnon/Food Pantry Manager, Kirsten Walter/Nutrition Center Director, Simone and Sonia Long, Mia Poliquin-Pross/Manager of Nutrition Center Operations

Left to right: Joyce Gagnon/Food Pantry Manager, Kirsten Walter/Nutrition Center Director, Simone and Sonia Long, Mia Poliquin-Pross/Manager of Nutrition Center Operations

A proud dad bragging about his daughter inspired a generous gift to a local food pantry.  While attending a party hosted by the non-profit Taste of the NFL, George Long of Wales told the event organizer about his daughter’s efforts to support hunger relief in the Lewiston/Auburn area by volunteering at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry.

Max Kittle from the Taste of the NFL was so impressed by George’s daughter’s work the Long family was selected to present a check for $5,000 on behalf of Taste of the NFL to the food pantry.

Through their “Party with a Purpose” fundraisers, the Taste of the NFL rallies the country’s best chefs and the NFL’s greatest players to support hunger relief. Over the past 23 years, the organization has donated more than $22 million dollars to food pantries across the country.

St. Mary’s Food Pantry, part of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, is the largest pantry in Androscoggin County and serves 375 people per week.  It is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 11am at 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.


In the photo – Left to right: Joyce Gagnon/Food Pantry Manager, Kirsten Walter/Nutrition Center Director, Simone and Sonia Long, Mia Poliquin-Pross/Manager of Nutrition Center Operations

The Strollin’ Colon

March 23rd, 2015

Strollin colon 2014 016In an effort to raise awareness about cancer during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders brings you “The Strollin’ Colon.” Take a stroll through the “The Strollin’ Colon” on Wednesday, March 25 from 9AM to 11AM at the entrance to the Main Lobby of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center at 95 Campus Avenue in Lewiston.  Inside the Main Lobby, we’ll have experts available to answer your questions about preventing colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer remains the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Despite these staggering statistics, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable, treatable, and beatable forms of cancer, especially when it is caught early.

The Vaccination Dilemma – A Free Presentation

March 9th, 2015

The recent measles outbreak that infected more than 150 people in the U.S. cast the spotlight on the debate over childhood vaccinations.  While the debate hit its peak with the Disneyland outbreak, many parents have been teetering on the vaccination fence for decades.

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Dr. Gerard Rubin of CCS Pediatrics will explore the immunization dilemma some parents face, weigh the pros and cons of the shots, and talk about potential side effects, during a presentation at Lepage Large Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. The talk will begin at 5:30 pm and will follow with a question and answer session. Seating is limited so register today by calling 777-8481.

gerard rubin hsDr. Rubin is the Lead Physician at CCS Pediatrics at 100 Campus Avenue in Lewiston.  He performed his residency at Albany Medical Center in New York after receiving his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. His areas of special interest include behavioral pediatrics, child advocacy, integrative medicine, and osteopathic manipulation treatment.

Dr. Rubin is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Osteopathy, and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Education Support.  He is general pediatric board certified as well as certified in neonatal resuscitation and pediatric ALS.

He is accepting new patients.  For an appointment, please call 755-3160.



When Jack Frost Bites

March 6th, 2015

By Jonathan Libby, DNP, CPNP

CCS Pediatrics

With winter as a way of life here in Maine, parents have to find ways to entertain their children during the long 6 months of a New England Winter.  Children who live in this environment still need to get outdoors and enjoy what our beautiful state can provide. This experience has its inherited risks, namely the cold. Temperatures frequently drop to freezing and below. Add on a wind chill factor and the temperatures can become dangerous. Children frequently don’t pay attention to their bodies until it may be too late. How many children in the summer want to keep swimming despite shivering, the rattling teeth and their blue skin? Same thing happens in the winter with lost gloves, wet clothing, boots full of snow and socks curled up into the toe of the boot. Frostbite can happen to anyone, but especially children who don’t pay attention.

The most common places for frost bite are the hands, feet, nose, ears and cheeks. The symptoms of frostbite are patches of hard white skin, which can be painful, burn, tingle and or feel numb. There can also be blistering.

Frostbite is considered a medical emergency. Evaluation in an Emergency Department is always recommended, but some steps can be taken at home. Rapid rewarming is recommended in a warm tub (104-108 degrees) for 20-40 minutes is the most common method. This method is not recommended if re-exposure to the elements is immediately expected as this leads to increase in skin destruction. Removal of all wet clothing replaced with warm dry clothes.  Be careful NOT to rub or massage the area as this will cause further damage to the skin. Pain medications may be needed as the rewarming process can be very painful. Frostbite can take up to 3 months to full recover. Consultation with your pediatrician is always recommended in case further skin care is needed.

johnathan libby smJonathan Libby, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC is one of the providers in the new CCS Pediatrics practice located at 100 Campus Ave. in Lewiston.

Jonathan has dedicated nearly 20 years of his professional medical career to treating pediatric patients in a primary care setting. He earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and received his Masters in Nursing and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Bachelor degrees from the University of Texas in Galveston.

Jonathan is board certified in primary care pediatrics. He is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Pracitioners and is a clinical preceptor with University of Southern Maine for their Family Nurse Practitioner program.

CCS Pediatrics can care for your child’s needs from birth to age 18. Call us now at 207-755-3160. Same day appointments are available!


Know the Signs of a Stroke

February 25th, 2015

shuli bonham hs 9-2014 croppedShuli Bonham at CCS Family Health Care wants you to know the signs of a stroke.

Signs that you may be having a stroke:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Sudden severe headache with no known cause

You should never wait more than five minutes to dial 9-1-1 if you experience even one of the signs above. Remember, you could be having a stroke even if you’re not experiencing all of the symptoms. And remember to check the time. The responding emergency medical technician or ER nurse at the hospital will need to know when the first symptom occurred.

Learn more about the effect of heart disease on women by visiting the American Heart Association. Talk to your doctor. If you need a provider call 777-8899. Make an appointment with a Cardiologist (in Lewiston call 777-5300). Learn the warning signs.


Listen to Your Heart!

February 9th, 2015

Dr. Shashi Tewari Panozzo layer2Dr. Shashi Panozzo, MD of Community Clinical Services and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center remind you that heart disease and stroke affect women of all ethnicities.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African American women, killing nearly 50,000 annually.

Only 43% of African American women and 44% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk, compared with 60% of Caucasian women.

Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 48.9% have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only 20% believe they are at risk.

Only 50% of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.

Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.

Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.

Learn more about the effect of heart disease on women by visiting the American Heart Association. Talk to your doctor. If you need a provider call 777-8899. Make an appointment with a Cardiologist (in Lewiston call 777-5300). Learn the warning signs.


National Wear Red Day

February 6th, 2015

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the American Heart Association, is encouraging everyone to Wear Red today, February 6, 2015 to raise awareness of the number 1 killer of women, heart disease.

In Maine, more than 1 of every 4 deaths is from heart disease or stroke.  Don’t become a statistic. Take charge of your health!  One key to heart health is to know some very important numbers: your blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI.   Ideally, here’s where they should be (for non-diabetics):

  • Total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or lower
  • HDL (“good” cholesterol) of 50 mg/dL or higher for women and 40 mg/dL or higher for men
  • LDL (“bad” cholesterol) of 100 or lower
  • Triglycerides of less than 150 mg/dL.
  • Your BMI, or Body Mass Index, is based on your height and weight. If it is greater than 25 you are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke.  There are many BMI calculators available online such as
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Roy Ulin, MD MaineHealth Cardiology

“Most of the time, you will not feel the symptoms of high blood pressure or high cholesterol,” said Dr. Roy Ulin a cardiologist at Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology and partner of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “The only way to know for sure if you’re at risk is to know your numbers and take action to fix it.”  Ask your primary care provider how your numbers compare.

Dr. Ulin said one of the best things you can do for your heart is to exercise.  “You don’t have to run a 10K or take a Zumba class, but you do need to move and increase your heart rate.  Ten minutes of brisk walking three times a day can go a long way towards improving your heart health.”

For all the good things you do to keep heart healthy it is important to also avoid the habits that can hurt your health. “Smoking damages your heart and blood vessels, making you two to four times more likely to have heart disease, a heart attack, and/or stroke.” said Dr. Ulin.  “Women who are on birth control pills are at even greater risk. But, if you quit, within three to five years, your risk of heart disease decreases to the level of a non-smoker regardless of how long you’ve been smoking.”

You do what you can to protect your loved ones and to keep them healthy. This year, do something for YOU. Changes you make now can have a positive effect for a lifetime.